Tuesday, December 11, 2007

from Good Advice

compiled by William Safire and Leonard Safir
Wings Books, New York

Buy this book on Amazon.com for $1.00. Andy Hanson

After victory, tighten your helmet cord. Japanese proverb

When you have got an elephant by the hind leg, and he is trying to run away, it’s best to let him run. Abraham Lincoln

In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted. Bertrand Russell

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau

A person should do one unpleasant duty a day just to keep himself in moral trim. William James

In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection; otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books. Michel de Montaigne

If, in instructing a child, you are vexed with it for want of adroitness, try, if you have never tried before, to write with your left hand, and then remember that a child is all left hand. J. F. Boyse

Be a pianist, not a piano. A. R. Orage

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big worthwhile things. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out—it’s the grain of sand in your shoe. Robert Service

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm. Vince Lombardi

If there is no wind, row. Latin proverb

If a donkey bray at you, don’t bray at him. George Herbert

Be honest with yourself until the end of your life. Then listen to the slow movement of the Schubert Quintet and kick the bucket. Nathan Milstein, at age 77

Be of good hope in the face of death. Believe in this one truth for certain, that no evil can befall a good man either in life or death, and that his fate is not a matter of indifference to the gods. Socrates

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